Software Assurance is available only through Microsoft Volume Licensing. It is included with some agreements and is an optional purchase with others. Benefits vary depending on the agreement, volume, and type of licenses you purchase.
Enterprise Agreement (EA) includes Software Assurance and is the optimal Volume Licensing program for midsize and large enterprise customers with 250 or more devices and/or users.
Select Plus is designed for midsize and large organizations with 250 or more desktop PCs with multiple affiliates, and Software Assurance is an optional purchase.
Open Value is for organizations with as few as five desktop PCs and includes Software Assurance.
Open License is for customers who prefer a pay-as-you go model with Software Assurance as an optional purchase.
Campus and School Agreement is designed for qualified academic customers with a minimum 1,000 full-time equivalent employees or students and includes Software Assurance.
Software Assurance included
Software Assurance optional
Your eligibility for benefits is based on the agreement type, the products you purchase, and the volume you purchase. For brief summaries of each benefit and eligibility, review this Software Assurance benefits interactive chart (PDF, 667 KB). For academic institutions, use this benefits chart for academic programs (PDF, 158 KB).
Microsoft Volume Licensing and Software Assurance are available for purchase or renewal through Microsoft Partners. Learn more about how to get Volume Licensing.
Software Assurance FAQSoftware Assurance Quick Start Guide (PDF, 330 KB)
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Volume Licensing Service Center User GuideGet step-by-step instructions for how to register, obtain product keys and software, and manage assets.
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